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Georgia Shelter’s ‘Lucky Dog’ Program Killed Animals It Promised To Save

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An animal shelter in Georgia was allegedly deceiving pet owners by promising not to euthanize their dogs and then killing them anyway. Boggs Mountain Humane Shelter’s "Lucky Dog" program offered owners who wanted to give up their pets but didn't want them killed a chance to do so for a $100 fee.

The owners would receive emails and hand-written notes from the shelter saying that the pets had been adopted, but that was apparently not the case. "In fact the pets were already dead," said Rabun County District Attorney Brian Rickman. The shelter is charged with killing dozens of animals. “It's a black eye on the community,” Rickman said. “We want to make sure we show that the case has been investigated and that someone will be held accountable.”

The shelter's former director, Lowanda "Peanut" Kilby, faces charges of theft by taking, theft by deception, computer theft and racketeering. She is also charged with stealing more than $10,500 in shelter funds, The Huffington Post reported.

The investigation into the shelter was prompted by a report about the shelter on an Atlanta television station. In an interview with the station last year, Kilby denied the allegations. "No kill means no kill," she told the station.

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The director of Paws 4 Life, Chris Simmons, posted on the shelter's Facebook page.

"While it is not my place to act as judge and jury, I will say that no matter what happens, nothing will replace those dogs that were put to sleep," Simmons said. "My heart aches for all of those people who donated money to help those dogs find a forever home. Those dogs saw the worst side of human behavior. They had no voice, and were silenced forever."

Sources: The Huffington Post, NBC News